The Fogarty Foundation partners with DSF to empower parents and teachers to support their children’s literacy development and enhance their learning ability during school and beyond.

In 2016, the Fogarty Foundation partnered with Dyslexia SPELD Foundation (DSF) to fund the implementation of the Boost parent education program in 4 Fogarty EDvance schools in disadvantaged communities where low income earning parents may be restricted in the support they can provide to their children.

Through a mix of workshops and take-home materials, Boost provides parents with user-friendly information and low-cost, practical strategies, activities and materials to build their children’s literacy skills and prevent literacy failure.

The program focuses on improving phonological awareness which is the basis of literacy learning.

This year the Foundation also offered scholarships to 13 schools in the Fogarty EDvance Network to enable them to attend DSF’s Talk 4 Writing workshops. By investing in teacher enrichment services through evidence based programs with high impact such as this, the Foundation is able to have an immediate impact on classroom teaching.

WHY SUPPORT BOOST?

 

We believe that it is essential that children at risk of literacy difficulties receive a good start to literacy learning both at school and at home.

The Boost program has 2 modes of delivery:

  • WORKSHOP: Parents attend 2 half-day workshops guiding them through the important research evidence and background information regarding literacy development. They have a chance to practise the games and strategies and to ask questions. The hands-on workshops provide both practical and enjoyable ideas for developing early literacy skills.
  • MATERIALS TO TAKE-HOME: Each participating parent receives a comprehensive resource kit to support home literacy development as well as an instructional DVD and booklets containing additional information, activities and tips.

To learn more about the Boost Program and the Dyslexia Speld Foundation, visit their website

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